Stills from the first shoot of Best Love
Remember how I was wondering whether Gong Hyo-jin‘s star-with-a-bad-image character for Best Love had earned her bad rap by being a bitch, or if she was merely misunderstood?
I think I’m going with bitch:
(Requisite caveat and whatnot: Purely speculation on my part. Conclusions have been jumped to, books judged by covers, prejudices perpetrated on the basis of mere images. Hey, it’s a K-drama. Image is everything. Whatchoo gonna do?)
Granted, Gong looks perfectly pleasant in one of the three photos, despite wearing a scarf decorated with skulls. My faulty math skills suggest that perhaps she’ll only be a bitch two-thirds of the time, then.
These stills are the first we’ve seen from the upcoming Hong sisters romantic comedy, and feature lead character Ae-jung (Gong) with her brother and manager, Ae-hwan, played by Jung Jun-ha. (With a name like Ae-jung — affection — it’s like her parents were just tempting Fate to do the contrarian thing with her personality. And as we know, Fate never met a challenge she couldn’t take on, or a human she couldn’t crush with her whims.)
(Just watch — after all this theorizing, I bet she ends up being a sweet spring rose of a character. Just my luck.)
In the pictured scene, Ae-jung arrives at a radio station to appear as a guest on a program, and in the lobby they run into top star Se-ri, played by Yoo Inna. I love that brother Ae-hwan’s conspicuously carrying Ae-jung’s makeup box — who gets made up for a radio show?
As for the title, which I still maintain is weak and generic: Apparently the “Best Love” is a shortening of the full meaning, “A Top (Best) Star’s Terrible One-sided Love,” where they dropped all the interesting words and left behind the least evocative. It also refers to the “best love” experienced by Ae-jung.
The drama follows Royal Family on Wednesdays and Thursdays.